Mahiro Maeda

Birth Place: Tottori Japan. Birth Date: March 14 1963 Maeda Mahiro is one of the most prominent Japanese anime creators working today having worked as director character designer and animator for many of Japans top series. He has been one of the top contributors at the anime studio Gonzo for many years having directed Ao no 6gou Blue Submarine No. 6 Final Fantasy Unlimited and Gankutsuou. His design work ranges from 2 of the Angels in Evangelion to production and mechanical design for such series as Mahou Tsukai Tai Magic Users Club Tenkuu no Escaflowne and Last Exile. He was also the designer of the invaders in Gatekeepers 21. His earlier years were spent mostly at the famed Studio Ghibli where he helped animate classics such as Nausicaa Laputa and Kurenai no Buta Porco Rosso. Maeda is also one of the select Japanese directors to actively collaborate with the international film media on various projects. He provided key animation for the animation sequence in Quentin Tarantinos Kill Bill Vol. 1. His directorial work has also been featured in such exclusive package films as The Animatrix segment: The Second Renaissance Part I and Part II Genius Party Beyond segment: Gala and AniKuri15 segment: Princess Onmitsu. He has also visited the American Anime Expo convention in 2000 and 2003. Source: AniDB